Sunday, April 27, 2014

Peek At My Week First Timer!

Hi All -

I've been absent from the blogging world because I moved about two weeks ago.
I love my new place, and am still organizing, buying, and rearranging, but wanted to jump back into blogging by joining up with my fellow Wisconsinite, Mrs. Laffin, for for her Peek at My Week linky.

We are starting a unit on Social Issues.
This is our second year of teaching this unit during the last month of the year.
It seemed to make an impact on the students last year, and I'm hoping the same happens with my current class.

We start by looking up the words "social" and "issue" in the dictionary to give the third graders an idea of what this topic involves.
Then I use this fantastic book as a mentor text:
After hearing the story, I ask the students to list the social issues that were addressed in the book.
Last year I found the ebook version of the story on our district's Mackin list.
I was able to show the story on my Interactive Whiteboard, and we referred to the text for multiple lessons.

I have put together "I can....." statements for each of the lessons in the unit, and will post them on TpT soon.
It really is an eye-opening unit for the students, and encourages lots of higher level thinking.

I hope you'll stop back to my blog tomorrow for some EXCITING news from a major teacher supply company!!
You don't want to miss it!  

Have a great Monday!


  1. This looks like a great mentor text! I'm always looking for ways to develop social sensitivity. Have a great week!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  2. I want to see more beautiful pictures of your house. I thought of you today. I got another email from Target about stuff being on sale. Not that I'm trying to break your wallet or anything! Lol!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'